Cretic Majoram.

Botanical name: 

Also see: Sweet Marjoram - Wild Marjoram - Cretic Marjoram.

Origanum creticum.

A beautiful plant, of the wild marjoram kind, frequent wild in the east, and kept in our gardens. It grows a foot high. The stalks are square, upright, and brown. The leaves are oblong and broad: they are of a whitish colour, and stand on long foot stalks: there grow scaly heads at the tops of the branches, as in the other kinds, and from these burst out the flowers, which are little and white.

The tops are the part used: our druggists keep them dry; but they generally have lost so much of their virtue, that the fresh tops of our own wild majoram, or the dried ones of the last season, are better.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.